Botox® is the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedure done in the United States, with over 7 million procedures performed every year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. But Botox is also more than just a cosmetic procedure. At Central Oregon Spine & Sports in Bend, Oregon, Philip Wallace, MD, uses Botox as an effective solution for men and women with migraines. To learn more about how Botox can rejuvenate your appearance and alleviate your migraine symptoms, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
Botox is an injectable form of botulinum toxin. When used in tiny doses and localized areas, it safely and effectively prevents the chemical transmissions between the nerves and muscles around the injection site for approximately three months. This makes it more difficult for those muscles to contract during that time, which can serve a number of useful purposes.
Botox is FDA-approved for reducing facial wrinkles, specifically:
Because Botox can temporarily paralyze muscle activity, it’s incredibly effective in reducing wrinkles. Wrinkles form when your muscles cause a particular area of your skin to fold too frequently or for too long. Over time, these folds deepen into wrinkles or semipermanent lines.
By preventing your facial muscles from contracting and making folds in your skin, Botox gives your skin time to regenerate and fill out, thereby temporarily reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Botox even prevents new wrinkles from forming by prohibiting your facial muscles from making folds in the first place.
Botox is also FDA-approved for use in treating chronic migraines, which are defined as severe headaches occurring on 15 or more days per month.
When Botox is used to treat migraines, it’s injected into the pain fibers that are involved in headaches. It disables the nerve endings in those fibers from chemically transmitting pain signals to your brain, which effectively stops your migraine sensations before they even have a chance to begin.
Dr. Wallace offers Botox treatments as an in-office procedure at Central Oregon Spine & Sports. The whole process is simple, noninvasive, quick, and relatively painless. Dr. Wallace marks your injection sites and then uses a very tiny needle to inject small amounts of Botox into your skin’s shallow muscles.
Botox treatments for wrinkles usually need about three to five injections per site, depending on the site, while treatments for migraines generally require 31 injections in seven particular areas across your head and neck. Botox requires no incisions or general anesthesia, and the treatment has minimal downtime and recovery.
It can take some time for the effects of your treatment to be readily apparent. For facial wrinkles, it can take up to a few days to see results, while migraine treatments might require up to six months to settle in.
To learn more about what Botox can do for you, schedule an appointment at Central Oregon Spine & Sports online or by phone today.